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Prayers of the Faithful – Body and Blood of Christ

Introduction:
This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, traditionally known by its Latin name Corpus Christi. It is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that Christ gave us his body and blood as spiritual sustenance.

By sharing his body and blood through the form of bread and wine in the Eucharist, there is an intimate relationship between ourselves and the Lord. This week, let us pray for all those who do not know this close union, or who are not able to be part of it. We also remember all deprived of the Eucharist because of the pandemic

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, with deep longing for the bread and cup of life we turn to God from whom all good gifts come, and pray for all our needs.

Commentator: We pray for all still fasting from Sunday Eucharist, that their appreciation both of this mystery and other forms of prayer will grow more and more.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for the untold millions of refugees around the world, that the conjunction of Refugee Week and the coronavirus pandemic will awaken us to our shared humanity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for indigenous peoples and minority groups subject to entrenched racial discrimination, that their cry for justice, recognition and respect will be heard.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for the work of local conferences of the St Vincent de Paul Society, that Friday’s feast of the Sacred Heart will prompt parishioners to add to their generous support.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Rikianto Satyadharma and Roger Luamanuzae Vitale Kosetatino and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Antonio Micallef, Steven Bucsko Jnr, Apolo Padilla, Asuncion Reyes Lapina, Filomeno Kalam, Nieves Lapina, Angelina Almeida, Mary Jane and John Rapa, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn, that they will be made welcome at the banquet of eternal life.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Gracious God, you feed your people with word and sacrament. Open our minds to your goodness and set our hearts free to thank and praise you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:
One God, three persons united in a constant flow of love and tenderness! On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we are all invited to be drawn deeper into the rhythm of this eternal dance of love.

At Pentecost, the Spirit of God was poured into the hearts of Jesus’s followers. This same Spirit of love and kindness unites us now as we pray, whether we do so alone, in a group, or in a virtual gathering.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, God has been made known to us as a communion of infinite love. Baptised into the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit, let us pray for all to be blessed with God’s love.

Commentator: We pray for the baptised faithful, that they may radiate the joy of the Gospel and reveal the mystery of God to the world.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for leaders seeking to shape a new world order, that they will set aside national ambitions and work together for the whole of humanity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for all denied assistance in the national coronavirus relief scheme, especially those on temporary visas, that policy makers will ensure their needs are met.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Dean Karitou, Carmel McIntosh, Elizabeth Gorlitz and Roger Aleki Kosetatino Laumanuvae Vitale and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Lucia Micallef, John Castricum, Alphonse Sultana, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn. May they be welcomed into the loving embrace of our Triune God.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Holy God, by Word and Spirit you revealed yourself to us as Abba, Father. Free us to walk always in the light of your love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:
Happy Pentecost Good People.

Today as we celebrate this great Feast of Pentecost we welcome Alice, Morteza, Anna and Nancy who embarked on a journey with us last year through the RCIA. They long for the day when after the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted we can gather to witness and support them as they are baptised and received fully into our community of faith. Joining them we have Nieve, Jarrad and Sharon, along with Chris who cannot be here today, who have begun their journey through the RCIA and will be baptised and received in Easter next year.

Please pray for them as we enter into this great Feast which is seen as the birthday of the Christian Church and the culmination of Eastertide.

It is the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world – a mission to bring people to God.

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant: Dear friends, blessed with the gifts of the Spirit, we make the good news known in our words and works of mercy. Let us pray as one for the healing of the world.

Commentator: We pray for the Earth, our common home. May the Spirit of creation stir up in us a fierce love for the world placed in our care.

Commentator: We pray for Christian communities around the world. May Mary, mother of the church, be for all believers a model of life laid open to the Spirit of God.

Commentator: We pray for nations long struggling with poverty, conflict and adversity. May the added threat of the coronavirus call forth a new spirit of active solidarity.

Commentator: We pray for all who have lost jobs and livelihoods in the arts, entertainment and tourism industries. May their hardship be eased by appreciative community support.

Commentator: We pray for students and teachers at every level of the education system. May they manage the resumption of work with wisdom, confidence and enthusiasm.

Commentator: We pray for the RCIA Candidates Alice, Morteza, Anna, Nancy, Nieve, Jarrad, Sharon and Chris. May the Holy Spirit accompany them in using their various gifts especially during this current Coronavirus crisis.

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Pellegrino Corbo, Amber Potter, Juletta Seymon, Giovanni Pisano, Aurora Pascual and Bevan Wilson who passed away recently, Mary D’Souza, Marivic Costales, Michael Grima, Lionel Egbert D’Monte, Magdalena Adriano, Spencer Nagy, Julian Kekesi, Mildred Rodrigues, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they be raised up in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: God of all grace, you never cease to renew us in spirit. Free us from fear and self-concern and set us on the path of joyful love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:
With the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, we come to the end of Jesus’s earthly life. For the Apostles, it has been a journey from suffering and death to the joy of the Resurrection. The Ascension is another huge step in experiencing the Lord’s presence as they continue his work.

Following some hard, demanding and painful months, we too are reminded that the Lord is always with us as we are being continuously sent out in his name.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Dear friends, as Jesus returned in glory to God’s right hand, he commissioned his disciples to proclaim the good news to all. In that spirit let us pray for the needs of the whole world.

We pray for the human family. May the trauma of the coronavirus pandemic fuel our determination to work together for a new world of justice and peace.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for all missionaries, especially the Paulist Missionaries. May all who have left their homeland to spread the good news be assured of our solidarity and support.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for the church in Australia. May Mary, Help of Christians, be our companion and guide through the troubled times in which we live.

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We pray for those in the Permanent Diaconate especially Dcn Royden, and give thanks for his generosity and service to the community.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Juletta Seymon, Bevan Wilson, Pellegrino Corbo, Carmel Trento and Thaddaeus Zhang, and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Jaime Gamo, Antonietta Fabretto, Laurie Fenech, Crispin and Teodora Chan, Resty and Jay Padilla, Gliceria Rebano, Maria Ducut, Ricardo Leonardo, Michael Papavero, John Cusmano, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they inherit the rich glories promised the saints.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Father of Jesus and God of glory, your Son promised to be with us to the end of time. May we live by his truth and rejoice in his love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:

Even though we remain conscious of the real trauma that many continue to struggle with today, there is a sense of joy in this week’s readings. We hear of it arising from the marvellous acts of the apostles (today’s First Reading), and also in the Psalm, a hymn rejoicing in the great things the Lord has done for his people.

What is clear, however, is today’s urgent need for us, the people of God, to realise how gifted we are in word and spirit. Living this boldly will make for a messy church but that’s exactly what Pope Francis welcomes.

We acknowledge the living culture of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the unique role they play in the life of this region.

Prayers of the Faithful:
Celebrant: Dear friends, God our Father sent the Paraclete to us as Jesus promised. United in the Spirit of Truth, let us pray for the needs of all our sisters and brothers.

Commentator: We pray for the world-wide church, our local diocese and our parish. May the church at every level be a vibrant community of the Holy Spirit.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for all who looked forward to being baptised at the Easter Vigil this year. May they await their full initiation with patience, faith and hope.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for leaders guiding their nations through the coronavirus crisis. May they chart the way forward with wisdom, justice and courage.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for our families, friends and fellow parishioners. May the experience of the pandemic spur us to work all the more readily for a new world of justice, love and peace.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Carmel Trento, Pellegrino Corbo and Bevan Wilson, who passed away recently, Louis D’Almeida, Charlie Carabott, Manuel Sesante, Lynne Nagy, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they see the face of God and live.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: God of all goodness, you have made your love known to us in Jesus and still bless us with the Spirit of truth. Keep us on the way that leads to you. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:
This week’s readings speak powerfully of faith, hope and trust in God. During the coming week and for the weeks ahead, God’s word inspires, sustains and encourages us as we continue to live with the impacts of current events.

The Gospel is part of Jesus’s farewell to his disciples. Although he will leave them physically, he asks them not to be troubled, to trust in God. He invites us also to trust. We will not be left alone, but will know our Risen Lord as the Way, the Truth and the Life, and be enabled to live the way, truth and life of Jesus for others.

This weekend we also acknowledge mothers and thank them for the many ways they model the love of Christ in our lives.

We acknowledge the living culture of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the unique role they play in the life of this region.

 

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant: Dear friends, built on Jesus Christ our cornerstone, we are living stones making up the house of God. From that house let our prayers arise to seek God’s blessing on our world.

Commentator: We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, grateful for his humanity and leadership these last seven years: may he continue to be strengthened by the one whose merciful heart is shown.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For mothers, grandmothers, and all who play a motherly role in others’ lives, that today will be an occasion of joy and thanksgiving, and wherever needed, reconciliation.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For parents and teachers, that the new teaching skills they have developed will enrich the learning experience of the children in their care.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For Fr John, Provincial of the mssp in Australia, that he will continue to recover after his recent heart attack and all those who are struggling with health issues at the moment especially all those listed in the Parish Bulletin.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Bill McLaughlin, Cahyadi Suryoko, Bevan Wilson, Leonila B. Gatus, Lino Sarmiento, Carmel Trento, Maria Stella Borg, Marianne Ricci and Pellegrino Corbo who passed away recently, Gabriel and Freda Rodericks, Basil Agapis, Lena Antao, Maria Kovacs, Elizabeth Varga, Olga Salamon, Angelina Almeida, Maria Perera, Lucia Micallef, Antonia Valletta, Rodolfo Go, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble, Grech and Hili Families, Pio Manalo, Cristito Ocuaman and Vince Keogh, that they will be made welcome in the Father’s house.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Holy God and Father of Jesus, you gave us your Son to be the way that leads to you, the truth that sets us free, and life that fills us with gladness. Keep us close to him. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction

Our readings this Sunday are full of the firm faith in the resurrection of Jesus, both in the teachings of St Peter and in the witness of the disciples in Emmaus.

 

INTRODUCTORY REFLECTION

As if written for our time, the Emmaus story has power to fan the embers of our hope into flame.

The two disciples stand for whole populations struggling with grief and loss, bewildered by the sudden disappearance of a familiar world.

Old certainties have been swept away; what will emerge is not yet clear. What kind of society? What kind of church? In this maelstrom of change Christian believers, those who have wrestled with the word of God and broken bread together, are called to be agents of God’s new heaven and new earth.

There are forgotten values to be retrieved, new discoveries to be embraced. Our eyes have been opened to see the world in a new light.

 

THE WEEK’S PRAYER FOCUS

For all who have lost faith in God or the church, that the Spirit of the risen Christ will give them fresh heart.

Presider

Dear friends, on the way to Emmaus Jesus unlocked the scriptures for the two disciples, then revealed himself in the breaking of bread. As we long to be fed again from the tables of word and sacrament, let us pray for a world hungry for good news.

  1. We pray for all who bring us hope and love and joy in this time of global upheaval. May they lift our spirits and call us together in solidarity. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for all who profess faith in Jesus Christ. May the coronavirus pandemic bear fruit in new ways of being church together. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for our political, economic and social leaders as they discern the road to recovery. May they help us imagine and work for a new society of justice, compassion and peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for parents struggling with home schooling and for teachers at schools that are open. May they find the resources they need to meet these new challenges. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the residents of aged care facilities. May they be well cared for as they suffer the pain of separation from loved ones. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for communities around the nation devastated by the summer bushfires. May their struggle to recover continue to receive the support it deserves. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the recently deceased, Teresita Cuetara, Frank Calleja and Eileen Grichting, those who have died from the coronavirus, Pat Keogh and Patrick Ryall and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they join the risen Lord and all the saints in the glory of eternal life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

Life-giving God, in the resurrection of your Son you have brought a new world to birth. Make us wholly new in your Spirit. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction

With quiet confidence I deliberately place myself before my loving and merciful God.

May I be attentive to the Spirit praying within me; to be more aware in my daily life of his renewing presence and power.

I ask the Spirit to show me where in my life I need an awareness and gratitude of all that God gives me each day.

I invite the Spirit to help me pray for that inner freedom which will urge me to say (with St Thomas) ‘You truly are my Lord and my God – I want and I choose whatever will allow you to deepen your life in me.’

I speak to the Lord from my heart as Thomas did.

INTRODUCTION

Two vividly contrasting images are given us today.

One, the huddle of disciples locked in by a contagious fear; the other, a new-born community united by an infectious spirit of gladness, generosity and praise.

The first resonates with our current experience of anxious lockdown, the second appeals to our dreams for a better world.

Can the interplay of the two open a pathway forward? Can our confinement be a graced moment to reassess our uncritical acceptance of ‘the way things are’ and to re-imagine how they might be?

Can we make this journey through danger and death in company with Jesus and allow his Spirit to engage us in working for God’s new world? God’s word is always ‘yes’.

THE WEEK’S PRAYER FOCUS

For all who are imprisoned by fear, that the Spirit of the Risen Lord will set them free.

 

Prayers of the Faithful:

Presider

Dear friends, on Easter Day Jesus greeted his fearful disciples with peace. Let us take his greeting to heart and pray in peace for the healing of the world.

  1. We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes and in every war-torn land. May this year’s Anzac Day observance spur us on to work together for a just and peaceful world. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the Jewish community remembering the Holocaust this week and for the Moslem community observing Ramadan. May Christians unite with them in faith, hope and love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for civic authorities at every level in nations around the world. May they guide their communities through the COVID-19 crisis with wisdom and courage. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for workers putting themselves at risk by maintaining basic services. May they be valued for their dedication and kept safe. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for all most severely affected by the virus pandemic: the homeless, the mentally ill, the unemployed, the poor, detainees, and those without support. May they become the first to have their needs met. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for all who have suffered church-related sexual abuse and for their families, friends and supporters. May they speak out, be heard and be believed. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the recently deceased, especially those who have died from the coronavirus, Eileen Grichting who passed away recently, Catherine and Angelo Schembri and Christino Cutajar and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they receive the heavenly inheritance prepared for them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

God of peace, by raising your Son to life you have made all things new. Send us out in the power of your Spirit as apostles of mercy and compassion. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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